$65 for Verizon unlimited hotspot? I’ll give that a try!

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

30 Responses

  1. I highly recommend jumping on this opportunity, but I would also recommend getting the brand new 8800L hotspot instead of any they offer online. This is a newer hotspot with a bunch of features that will be important in the coming year or two.

    The easiest way to do this is to chat online with Verizon, ask for the 8800L hotspot, and use the prepaid code 28366.

    More details can be found on RV Mobile Internet at https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/verizon-overhauls-prepaid-introducing-unlimited-data-plans-for-jetpacks/

    It does cost more than the ones they have on their site, but I’d rather start with something that will be supported by them longer if I can.

    I intend on using my Peplink onboard router and the WiFi as WAN feature to connect to this hotspot as one of three cellular plans I have on board, the other two being SIMs directly in the Peplink. T-Mobile seems to have some of the best speeds out in my cruising grounds, but Verizon has some of the best coverage, so I’m looking forward to testing both.

  2. Indeed – as Steve mentioned, the MHS900 may be cheap, but the brand new Jetpack 8800L is worth investing in for better future-proofing.

    Here is our article about the new Jetpack, and why it is worthwhile:
    https://www.mobileinternetinfo.com/verizon-launches-new-flagship-mobile-hotspot-device-the-mifi-8800l/

    We’ve been stress testing the 8800L and the new Verizon Prepaid plan, and have managed to achieve some pretty impressive results so far – including our first ever upload speed test of over 50Mbps over cellular.

    On Verizon, this is probably going to be the pinnacle of hotspot technology in the pre-5G era.

    But we still have a lot more testing to do before we share our final conclusions.

    Cheers

    – Chris

  3. Ben SteinBen Stein says:

    You guys are both correct. I maybe shouldn’t have included the photo of the MHS900L but it’s hard to take a picture of a rate plan.

    The MHS900L is pretty poor overall. I did some informal testing comparing throughput on it and an old MHS291LVW I had lying around and the MHS291LVW is outperforming the MHS900L by just shy of 2:1. I’m hoping to use one of the marine devices on the boat as a radio when I get back there (I’m home for a few weeks) but I suspect the best throughput is going to be seen from the 8800L.

  4. Dave Geer says:

    Does anyone know whether this new “unlimited” plan raises the current limit of 15G/month on other types of cellular routers? We currently use the Cradlepoint AER3100 aboard our trawler.

    Thanks!
    Dave Geer

    • Ben SteinBen Stein says:

      Dave, I believe this will be unlimited regardless of the type of router you’re using. The “JetPack” / hotspot devices are typically the most restricted in terms of usage and I’m seeing good speeds (25Mbps+) after over 30gb of transfer in the last 24 hours.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Ben. Although pricey, the beauty of the Cradlepoint was the multiple modem capability. We can manage either AT&T or Verizon conveniently depending on coverage in any given area. Verizon has been a major issue with the 15G cap. We still get data above 15G but at unusable speed.

    I guess I will try to navigate the Verizon labyrinth and see what they say.

    Dg

  6. Dave Geer says:

    Thanks Ben. The 15G cap has been killing us. We still get data but at unusable speeds. I guess I will give them a call.

    • Ben SteinBen Stein says:

      Dave, I’ve heard lots of varied results with getting information out of Verizon. As is frequently the case with large corporations with poorly trained customer service reps you may well get more information from other users than the company themselves. Lots of the CSRs seem to not know the plan exists at all.

  7. Ben SteinBen Stein says:

    After 30+ gigs of data transferred here’s what I’m seeing in a speed test:

  8. Brian says:

    I also wrangled an 8800L out of Verizon.
    I also have an AT&T Nighthawk so I will do some comparative data points this Winter while in Florida.

  9. The 15GB high-speed limit only applies to Verizon post-paid plans. This new prepaid hotspot plan is NOT subject to the 15GB cap.

    The only Verizon plan that is better is the extremely rare and hard to get Verizon Grandfathered UDP, which is not subject to network management, and which is eligible for Premium Streaming for an extra $10/mo if you want to remove the video speed throttle. We have that plan and enjoy streaming Netflix in 4K. 🙂

    But unless you have access to a gUDP, this new pUDP is an incredible way to go.

    For all there is to know about this plan, and the catches, we are keeping this post up to date:
    https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/verizon-overhauls-prepaid-introducing-unlimited-data-plans-for-jetpacks/

    Cheers,

    – Chris

  10. Dave Geer says:

    Chris- Does hotspot/jetpack under this new plan also allow other cellular routers that are not Verizon hardware i.e. my Cradlepoint?

  11. Brian says:

    I see that my 8800L has a gps. Has anyone used that as their laptop gps with Coastal Explorer? It would be nice to eliminate the usb connected gps as superfluous.

  12. Ben SteinBen Stein says:

    I’m now over 100gb transferred including 50gb today alone. Still no problems and over 30/20Mbps speed tests.

  13. Drew Clark says:

    Sounds great for Verizon coverage boating but I’m committed to T-Mobile prepaid for the moment as I am barely 100 yards from a T-Mobile cell site and in somewhat of a Verizon desert (typically 1 bar LTE, mostly “3G” with lots of dropped calls…sigh.) Any sign that T-Mobile might follow suit with such a plan and higher quality device?

  14. Ben SteinBen Stein says:

    We road tripped with the kids for Thanksgiving. That meant multiple hours in the car streaming. The girls consumed a ton of additional data (looks like about 75 gigs between the two drives) without a hiccup. At this point I’m starting to think when Verizon said unlimited they may actually have meant it, for once.

    • 75 gigs!?! I’m reminded of olden times when we didn’t just have kids, we had lots to plow the fields, etc. I guess that streaming videos is a lot easier, but still you’ve hatched quite the test team 😉

      Actually, I’m trying to laugh to staunch the tears. I spent far too much time while bringing Gizmo north last Spring trying to use WiFi to work around Verizon’s 16 gig limit on my phone’s fast hotspot use (and 22 on the phone itself). Could I now simply add an unlimited hotspot line for $65/month (plus hardware) and only fund it for the months needed? (I checked the Verizon site but the latter part of that question still not clear.)

  15. You guys with the newer MiFi devices – has Verizon managed to solve the problem associated with leaving the charge cord plugged in? On my AC791L, if I leave it plugged in, it locks up and I have to remove the back and disconnect the battery to get it back.

    • Ben SteinBen Stein says:

      Hartley, I haven’t experienced the issue you describe with the 7730L I am currently using. I leave it plugged in most of the time so I’d have to imagine if it was an issue I would have seen it by now.

      • Thanks, Ben! Yeah, I tried to do the same thing, but if the MiFi goes idle for any length of time with the power cord plugged in and it being full charged, it goes into some sort of “security mode” (that’s the words the Verizon tech used) that disables the front panel AND the web connection to it, and, after a day or so, disables the unit entirely. The only way out is to r & r the battery 🙁 . The Verizon techs were very apologetic, but nothing they suggested helped.

    • I have the newer 8800 unit and have had it plugged in for 2 weeks or so without any issues. Several times I even had it unplugged (unbeknownst to me) and reconnected it at random times for a couple of days and it has stayed on without any issues.

  16. I have both T-Mobile One Plus International (SIM card in a Peplink router) and the Verizon 8800L MiFi and get similar speeds out of both in my cruising grounds right now (limited near Seattle) and at my home marina. The big benefit I have seen so far is the unlimited nature of the Verizon MiFi and pre-paid plan vs. the cap at about 30GB with T-Mobile where things slow down.

    I’ll definitely be keeping both since T-Mobile works in Canada at similar speeds without any roaming charges, while Verizon will likely not work at all or charge roaming fees (haven’t investigated that yet).

    I’ve gone past the 100GB mark on my Verizon plan so far, which is pretty amazing.

  17. Woody Fairley says:

    I would like to get a jetpack that provides connections for an external antenna, can anyone familiar with the 8800L inform me if they have connected external antennas for signal boosting? There are a couple of sellers on amazon that list external antenna kits for the 8800L but I cannot find reference documents indicating the location of the connectors or that they even exist. Everyone has made this deal sound so good, I am willing to sign up today and pick up the jetpack at a local retail store, if someone can answer my question…

    • The 8800L does have two ports on the bottom that appear to be for antennas, but I have yet to investigate whether they are compatible with any antennas or what style they are.

      • Woody Fairley says:

        Thanks for the swift response Capt. Steve! The specific antenna that has my attention on amazon is omnidirectional and advertises 11 dBa gain, I think I can easily get the service I want from this configuration. I am going to get one now, thanks to the excellent and informative dialogs on this site (and the linked dialog on the mobile rv site). What a great crew!

  18. Thomas Horch says:

    I have been looking for an option like this for a few months. I am in a very rural area of Ohio surrounded by Amish and can’t get internet , but I get good service with Verizon. I have been using the personal hotspot on my phone, but run out fairly fast streaming video. Just found about about the new unlimited hotspot plan a few days ago. Found this discussion while researching and went for it. Got my new Jetpack 8800L today. Getting 66 Mbps down and 59 Mbps up. Very pleased!

  19. Butch Davis says:

    I just gave up my T-Mobile MI-FI @ $50 monthly unlimited to switch to a cable WI-FI for about the same cost. We no longer need the MI-FI.

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